Looking back on my freshman year at Findlay, I have learned so much. It would be almost impossible to write about how many lessons I have learned my first year on campus! As the end of the school year approaches, and the stress of exams is weighing on me heavily, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced this year.
Choices: It is no surprise that college freshman are not noted for making the best choices. This is no wonder, however. Most freshmen are almost fully dependent on their parents for the first 18 years, and then immediately become autonomous the minute we step foot on campus. This is awesome! College gives you the opportunity to become your own unique individual. With individualism, though, comes choices. Making the right choice in every … Read More »
Although I’m registered for 16 credit hours, and I’m supposed to be attending classes 25 hours each week, I somehow find myself deeply involved in my classwork and in extracurricular activities that have just become part of my schedule. I’m taking part in educational activities, whether it’s class or organizations every night, so “blow-off nights” are never really an option for me with the amount of work I have on my plate. Homework and extra care for my horses is a whole different story.
Why I Choose to Be Involved
I was very involved in many activities in high school, so I think it’s just natural for me to continue that trend in college. I remember I wasn’t even planning on trying out for the dressage team my freshman year until a senior – the then president – used some mad coaxing … Read More »
Here they come one right after another! Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology lab practical and did I forget to mention Genetics Lab too? There might even be some stragglers! This time every year as the leaves begin to change color and the scenery becomes awe-striking, college students are definitely awestruck by the amount of studying that needs to be done for fall mid-terms.
Even with all the studying that must go on, pre-vet and animal science students can find some time to get away from the books in our own ways.
My friends and I found a new pleasure in doing puzzles as a stress reliever, study break and time to relax with friends. My go to is running or working out. When life just seems to be getting too complicated and my mind needs a break, I go and … Read More »
Letting go is never easy, no matter how much it may be necessary. Â There is no easy way to say goodbye to people and pets who have changed your life. Â My family and I recently had to let go of the first family dog. Â Hannah was a German-Shepard, Husky mix that could turn a “not-a-dog-person” into “I’m stealing your dog” with just a face lick. Â She had the kindest personality with a little bit of sass thrown in for fun. Â I was in elementary school when she came into our house as a puppy and the kids poured our time and love into her. Â She was there as a rock and example for our other two dogs Maddie and Piper as well as every member of the family. Â She had the best welcome home face before rolling over so you … Read More »
Do I remember my freshman year at Findlay?
Sure I do. I remember how excited I was to live on my own. I remember taking late night drives and having adventures with my new best friend (and roommate). Â I remember finally getting my hair cut short and then when it grew out earning the nickname “Justin Bieber” Â I remember my first GPA above 3.0 and going to Georgia on a conference and meeting awesome entertainers. I remember thinking, “Is this real?”
I remember making tough choices and learning how to balance my life, something that I still struggle with today. Â I remember playing cards in my dorm room until 2 a.m., laughing with Sarah about something that didn’t even make sense. I remember helping Drew with statistics and thinking, “Why not give this a chance?”.
I remember missing my dogs, and getting … Read More »
As the end of the semester rushes toward the students at The University of Findlay, many of the clubs and groups host various events that help break up the stress of exams. Â Campus Program Board hosts Late Night Munchies the Monday of exam week. Â And Counseling Services hosts a stress buster night â€” one year a group even brought dogs from Teddy’s Rescue as an event! Â This year, one of these events was Wiener Wednesday which was hosted by the Pre-Vet club.
It was a great event, and had a huge turn-out (much bigger than they were expecting). Â Pre-Vet club handed out t-shirts, provided hot dogs, study suggestions and coloring pages. Â Even though I went alone, it was a great time to just sit back and relax.
I pulled out my notebook to work on some homework while I ate my hot … Read More »
For part of my major (and most of the communication and art majors) there is a huge capstone project at the end of your college career in which everything you have learned in all your classes is put to use as you work with an actual client. Without going into much detail, it is a massive project. And usually you kiss your social life goodbye during the two semesters the class spans. But I think this is a mistake.
With so much stress on one aspect of your life it would be easy to crumple under the weight of it all. That’s why it’s important to still go out and have fun once in awhile. By no means does this mean you go out with your friends every night (even though by your senior year you’re all probably 21). What it … Read More »
That back to school feeling always feels amazing! It doesnâ€™t matter whether you are a freshman or a graduate student â€” we all understand the excitement of going back to school during that first week. I was happy to come back to campus; it gave me a completely new vibe and energy.
Â Â Â Â It feels great to be back on campus! Our campus is very well laid out, and it’s easy to find many things to do. For me, the Alumni Memorial Union (AMU) is the best place to hang out. It is considered the student lounge on our campus, so one can find many student related activities happening there on a daily basis. Since I am an avid coffee lover, I usually spend most of my time inside the Cave, a cafe in … Read More »
It’s now week three of the spring semester and I’m already feeling the college crunch. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have one class, personal finance at 1 p.m., which isn’t so bad. But Tuesdays and Thursdays can be very long days. Â I start classes at the crack of dawn (7:30 a.m.) with software engineering, followed by 11 a.m. discrete structures, 12:15 p.m. computer networking and 6:30 p.m. computer systems management. I also have lifting everyday of the week except Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sometimes balancing everything out can be tough, but I like being busy everyday because it gives me purpose and a structured life.
The best thing about having one class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is that I get to sleep in and make those days a time to do homework and relax. On those days, … Read More »